how to eat failure

by Princess B., 14

Failure is the mushrooms on your plate
that you try to avoid
but no matter what, you can feel
their presence.
You chop a minuscule piece off of one
just to try it
and an explosion of bitter and sour
fills your mouth.
You move on to the more sweet and savory food
but the taste still taunts your taste buds
as if it were mocking them.
You come to the realization
you will encounter other disgusting vegetables
like Brussels sprouts.
Even though they are disgusting
and the taste is unbearable,
you know.
Red Bank, New Jersey